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Sensory Integration Art Therapy for Children with Autism

  I have written about art therapy and sensory processing before, but I believe it is worth reiterating again as I see a lot of children and teens that benefit from this. Just the other day, I had a session with a client with severe Autism and hearing impairment. As I offered him an array […]

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Children with Autism and SPD: Behavior=Sensory=Behavior

Most children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum have behavioral issues and sensory integration issues as well.  But when and how can we tell which is which? Well in a nut shell……you can’t and for the most part its usually one and the same!  Children with autism and special needs go through similar emotional […]

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“Look What I Did!” Developing a Child’s Artistic Skills in Art Therapy

  Art Therapy as opposed to Art Education generally emphasizes process over the finished art product.  We as art therapists are not instructors in artistic skills, but rather facilitators of artistic media to help clients express themselves and project internal issues in order to gain self awareness and insight. However, recent sessions with a client […]

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Family Art Therapy and the Child with Special Needs

Family members are not independent of one another. We need to view the family as a part of a system of specified relationships, adopted roles of behavior and unconscious and conscious rules of communication. In the case of a special needs child with limited communication skills, it is even more important to identify the dynamics […]

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Helping Children Cope with Divorce through Creativity

Divorce and separation can be very stressful on the entire family as we know. Children have significant resiliency in most cases but often need to have some type of therapeutic intervention to help them understand, cope and most importantly express what they are feeling and going through. Using creative modalities such as art and play […]

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Creative Group Work with Children on the Spectrum

When working with groups, it is just as important to always remain flexible and to adapt to the different levels of functioning displayed by each child. Sometimes providing a theme to the art making helps give the children a focus while still allowing for changes and flexibility. Here is an example of a group art […]

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The Psychology of Color

Some believe that color is a very powerful force in our lives and can have subtle effects on our bodies and minds. Interior designers and artists have used color to dramatically affect moods and feelings with their work. Institutions such as hospitals often use soft blues to decorate the rooms; creating a calming environment. However, […]

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Art Therapy and Autism: Working with Parent and Child Together

Within my private practice with the Autism population, I have discovered that the parent-child dyad can be a wonderful way to  work if the circumstances are right. It enables me to model for the parent and  offer creative strategies and techniques for their child. But even beyond that  it is an enriching experience for me as the […]

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